The latest on Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn in your NHL rumor mill.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Joe Smith reports Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos denied recent rumors claiming the Bolts had trades in place involving him with the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames but Stamkos refused to waive his no-move clause. Smith believes this type of silly speculation will continue until Stamkos either re-signs with the Lightning or moves on via free agency.
The Lightning and the Stamkos camp have declined to publicly discuss the state of negotiations. Stamkos said the two sides will continue working on a deal when the time is right and there’s no deadline for cutting off talks. “I’ve definitely loved every second I’ve been here, and I want to be here and win with this team,” said the Bolts captain. Meanwhile, team owner Jeff Vinik remains confident a deal can be reached to keep Stamkos in Tampa Bay.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I won’t be surprised if Stamkos is linked to every NHL team in trade rumors before the season ends if he’s still unsigned by then. Of course, the bulk of the speculation will have him heading to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s just something we’ll all have to get used to over the course of the season.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports the Philadelphia Flyers still have a roster cut to make. “Given that Luke Schenn was among the “extra” players once again in practice and that Brandon Manning is now paired with Michael Del Zotto and that is not changing, Hakstol said, then it’s now looking as though Schenn will be exposed to waivers,” writes Panaccio.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rumor has it the Flyers are shopping Schenn, but his $3.6 million cap hit for this season could be a deal breaker. It’s unlikely he’ll be claimed off waivers, but such a move could signal other clubs in need of a defenseman that Schenn is available via trade. If the Flyers demote him, they’ll only get $950K of cap relief.